Gateshead travel to The Jakemans Community Stadium on Saturday to face Boston United in the Vanarama National League North (3pm kick off).
The Heed come into the weekend on the back of a seven-game unbeaten run, most recently winning 4-2 at Gloucester City last Saturday.
Mike Williamson’s side sit top of the league table by three points as of today, having played one more game than second-placed Brackley Town.
Macaulay Langstaff now sits top of the league’s scoring charts with 21 goals, while Cedwyn Scott follows closely behind on 18 as things stand.
Boston are four games unbeaten heading into Saturday’s game and played out a 1-1 draw at Alfreton Town in midweek, following up a 1-0 win at Guiseley last weekend.
The Pilgrims have lost two from 10 since Paul Cox took over as manager in January and are currently two points outside of the play-off places.
“The lads are in good spirits,” said Williamson.
“It’s a long journey but we know the size of the task in front of us, it’s going to be a very, very tough game.
“They’ve got some good players and a style of play that is very robust and physical.”
“We’re not doing bad, we just want to keep it alive. Keep it interesting,” Paul Cox told LincolnshireWorld.
“We’ve got tough games coming up. It’s a really tricky game, they’re all tricky games.”
Alex Nicholson and Dan Ward face late fitness tests ahead of Saturday’s trip to Boston.
Paul Blackett remains out for at least four to six weeks following an operation on his groin injury at the beginning of the week.
James Montgomery is eligible for inclusion in the squad after he made his return to the club on a short-term deal on Thursday.
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Gateshead emerged 3-1 winners in this season’s previous meeting with Boston United in October 2021.
Macaulay Langstaff netted six minutes in to hand the hosts an early advantage before Cedwyn Scott put The Heed in control midway through the first half.
Fraser Preston looked to have injected life into Boston when he pulled one back nine minutes before the break, only for Langstaff to score his second straight from kick off to ensure all three points remained on Tyneside.
Supporters should be advised that online tickets will remain on sale until 12pm on Saturday. Segregation will be in place at The Jakemans Community Stadium with away fans situated in the East Stand.
Admission is priced at:
Adult – £14
Concession – £11
Under-16 – £5
The match is not all-ticket, though Boston United recommend that tickets are purchased online. Supporters purchasing tickets in-person at the ticket office are advised to leave five minutes before entering the stadium to allow the database time to update.
Gateshead stretched their unbeaten run to eight games with a 2-1 win at Boston United.
Tom Platt’s own goal gave The Heed an early advantage, only for Danny Elliott to level from the penalty spot 10 minutes later.
Cedwyn Scott’s 19th of the season early into the second half secured all three points for Gateshead, ensuring they extended their unbeaten run to eight games.
Mike Williamson made two changes to the side that won 4-2 at Gloucester City last time out, with Cedwyn Scott and Jack Hunter replacing Connor Malley and Dan Ward.
Boston had most of the early possession and saw half chances pass by as Luke Shiels tested Filip Marschall’s handling with an overhead kick and Joe Leesley sent a free kick wide from distance.
Despite the hosts’ early pressure, it was Gateshead who struck with seven minutes on the clock as Platt headed Greg Olley’s free kick into his own net at the far post.
Boston were given the chance to equalise nine minutes later however as a high press turned possession to the hosts on the edge of the box, before Elliott was brought down by Louis Storey for a penalty.
Elliott converted the resulting spot kick to bring things back to square one, though the remainder of the first half was short on real chances.
Scott and Boston substitute Scott Pollock sent efforts wide of goal from distance before play was halted for 12 minutes following an injury to the assistant referee, and the score remained level at the break.
Gateshead came out for the second 45 with intent and pushed for a second immediately with Macaulay Langstaff firing narrowly wide of the near post, but with 49 minutes on the clock, the second came.
Olley drove through the centre of the pitch and found Scott on the right side of the box, before the forward cut onto his left and drilled low past Marcus Dewhurst to restore his side’s advantage.
The Heed looked most likely to score the next after going ahead and Adam Campbell came close to netting from outside of the box on two occasions, with Dewhurst forced to parry his second strike wide.
Boston forayed forward occasionally with the visitors in relative control, their best chances coming through Fraser Preston, though he was unable to keep efforts on target.
Olley could have added a goal to his two-assist haul for the afternoon late on, but for the fingertips of Dewhurst, though it mattered little as Gateshead held their nerve to earn all three points.
Gateshead XI: Marschall, Tinkler, Magnay, Storey, Charters, Hunter, Bailey, Olley (c) (Pani, 94′), Langstaff (Greenfield, 93′), Scott (Malley, 82′), Campbell.
Goals: Platt (OG) (7’), Scott (49’)
Boston United XI: Dewhurst, Tootle (Pollock, 14’), Platt, Shiels, Burrow, Elliott, Wright Snr, Abbott, Leesley, Byrne, Nicholson.
Boston United Substitutes: Duxbury, Thanoj, Preston, Hanson.
Goals: Elliott (17’, pen)
Yellow Cards: Abbott (12’), Shiels (27’)